There’s something to be said for timing. Just in time for the release of Stuck with a Stiff, our bad ass cow, Beulah has decided to go on another one of her rampages.
D.D. recently talked about animal characters and how they can add another layer of flavor to a story. I couldn’t agree more. However, actually having to deal with their real world shenanigans is another story all together.
Since the release of Stuck with a Stiff, she’s led no less than four escapes. This weekend, we had to hook up the trailer and move her and a couple of her closest associates to a smaller pasture on the home farm where we could keep a better eye on them.
I’m not complaining. If it weren’t for this It was the contakerous behavior of the real life cow that made it possible for the fictional Beulah to see the light of day.
Despite all the trouble she’s caused us over the past few years, I’m happy that she’s provided the inspiration for a great non-human character for our story.
How about you all out there in WG2E Land? How often do you include a person or animal (or a part of their personality) you know in a story in a positive or negative light? As a debut author, I’m curious how characters in real life (human, bovine or otherwise) influence or inspire the characters in your stories.